Many sports and active recreation clubs across Narracan will benefit from funding as part of round 1 of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program.
Gary Blackwood MP said the grants, of up to $3,000 each, aim to increase physical activity by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help them to improve safety.
“In Victoria, half of all adults do not get enough exercise. As well as the physical benefits, research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth,” Gary Blackwood MP said.
“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.”
Narracan organisations to benefit from round 1 of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program are the Thorpdale Tennis Club ($1,273.00), Latrobe City Roller Derby Inc. ($2,890.00), Trafalgar Victory F.C. Inc. ($2,550.00) and Yarragon Wildcats Basketball Association Inc. ($3,000.00).
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said it was good to continue to support local sporting organisations.
“VicHealth is committed to tackling the tough issues – in particular the rising obesity levels in Victoria. To help combat this, we want to make physical activity participation part of everyday living, active recreation and organised sport. Our Active Clubs Grants in particular aim to make it a little easier for clubs to buy items or equipment to encourage people in the local community to join their club, and help them improve safety for those taking part,” she said.
“Sports and active recreation clubs in Narracan are a great way for locals to get involved, meet new people and keep active for good health. We know from previous rounds these grants encourage community members to try a new activity, support them to join their local club or continue playing their favourite sport,” she said.
To create greater opportunities for clubs to access Active Club Grants, VicHealth is running two rounds of funding – the second of which is closes on Friday 13 February 2015.
For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub